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    Latest in 9 letters for Berwick responds to Globe endorsement

    YourArlington welcomes letters to the editor from Arlington residents for all Massachusetts candidates whose election would have an impact on the town. Email them to sprague.bob at gmail.com. Here are nine supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. What Globe endorsement misses While making some good points, The Boston Globe’s endorsement of Steven Grossman for governor* is misleading in diminishing Don Berwick’s qualifications. It refers to Berwick as “a medical professor and pediatrician by trade,” glossing over not only his public policy education but also his executive career as founder/leader of a globally impactful nonprofit, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and leader of an $800 billion federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ...

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    New school year -- old educational questions

    Education. We pretend it begins for youngsters in September, when the leaves turn, but it continues through all of our season, every minute of every day, for everyone. Learning persists for two reasons -- human curiosity and technological change (you can't stop either one, but notice which is first). Shouldn't a third factor be classroom teachers? Good ones can have a lifelong effect, but our curiosity is the best guide, as technology draws us, often in too many directions, in the classroom that is everywhere. As Arlington schools open Tuesday, Sept. 2, what happens there is sliver of the educational story, albeit a key one for residents. Still, let's take a quick look at the new school year -- and then peer more broadly beyond it. Opening-day info >> ...

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    Spaced out? Many artists, but resistant owners

    Does Arlington have the imagination to embrace co-working? The town is trying to find out and held a forum in June attended by about 30 people. Read a summary of comments from some of the attendees here >>  See what properties in town may be available here >> Following publication, Eric Love, present at the forum, provided a brief critique. His LARP Adventure Program, aims to spur imaginations. ...

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    Review, ‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s crew back at shenanigans

    This review by Tom Meek, a writer living in Cambridge, was originally published at Cambridge Day, a YourArlington partner, and is republished with permission. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in The Boston Phoenix, The Rumpus, Thieves Jargon, Film Threat and Open Windows. He is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere. You can follow Tom on Twitter @TBMeek3 and read more at TBMeek3.wordpress.com. Elmore Leonard, the beloved master crime and western novelist, transcended seamlessly the divide between pulp and celluloid. His career is littered with great novels that became great movies (“Get Shorty,” “Jackie Brown” and “Out of Sight” to name a few), a smattering of original screenplays (“Joe Kidd”) and even took a few turns as producer. Cormac McCarthy might be his only peer. ...

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    Searching for an Arlington poet laureate: YOU?

    Are you a poet -- and you do know it? What have you written? Anything published? Inquiring minds want to know. Rumor has it that Arlington could have its own poet laureate, perhaps next year. Could that be you? ...

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    New law curbs domestic-violence reports: What about sexual-assault case?

    A new law, signed Aug. 8 by Governor Patrick, requires law enforcement to keep domestic-violence cases off public police logs initially, and the Arlington police department is complying. That means details about domestic violence reported to police are not immediately available to the media -- or to you. Had the law been in effect June 1, information about a sexual-assault case in East Arlington would have been delayed. Chief Fred Ryan reached out to area media outlets Aug. 12, alerting them about the law and asking for feedback. He explained: ...

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 Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014 |  7:38:38 p.m.
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Guns fire on Patriots Day

The Patriots Day Parade was held Monday, April 21, starting at 9:30 at Brattle Street and ending about 10:40 a.m. at Bates Road in East Arlington.

See 27 photos reflecting many of the participants >>

They includes the couple at right in Revolutionary dress who were riding beside a cannon and fired off flintlocks.

Festivities began with the Menotomy Minute Men raising the flag at Town Hall at 7 a.m. and ended with the Lancers’ reenactment of Paul Revere and William Dawes’ historic ride with a stop by Arlington Town Hall about 11:45 a.m. Jason Russell House tours are in the afternoon.


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Monday, April 21

7:00 a.m. Menotomy Flag Raising at Town Hall

Rise and shine with the Menotomy Minute Men!  Join the Minute Men in honoring the men who lost their lives on April 19, 1775.  The tribute starts at the Town Hall flagpole at 7:00 am. Visit the Minute Men’s website at www.menotomy.org/home

9:30 a.m. Patriots Day Parade

Show your Menotomy spirit and cheer along Massachusetts Avenue at this year’s Patriots Day Parade. Visit the parade’s website at www.arlingtonpatriotsday.org/

Road closures, parking restrictions

To allow for staging the parade, starting at 7 a.m. in Arlington Heights, Mass. Ave. between Park Ave. and Forest St. and Lowell St. between Mass. Ave. and Downing Square will be closed.

There will be parking restrictions along the parade route. Also feeder streets will have limited access during this time. Please plan your travel plans accordingly and walk to the parade if you can. You can view the parade route and staging area here.

11:30 a.m. Join the Menotomy Welcoming Committee at Town Hall.  

Pack a picnic lunch and eat on the lawn.  Enjoy family activities, music by Diane Taraz, and light refreshments while we wait for Lancer re-enactors Paul Revere and William Dawes.  The event is hosted by the Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development and sponsored by Bowes Real Estate.  Follow the riders on Twitter: Menotomy’s Waiting, @greetriders.  Visit arlingtonma.org.

The first group of riders arrive at the Arlington/Cambridge Town line at 11:30 a.m., arriving at the Town Hall at 11:45 a.m. The second group of horses should be arriving from West Medford Arlington Line (A block up from Town Hall Rt. 60) 11:50 a.m.  National Lancers website.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jason Russell House tours

Visit the site of the fierce fighting on the first day of the American Revolution.  The Jason Russell House, 7 Jason St., will be open for tours from 11 am to 2 pm.  Admission: adults $5; children $2. Visit arlingtonhistorical.org.

No battle reenactments are scheduled for this year.


This story was published Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, and updated April 21

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